Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MacNeil to Return to "NewsHour" for Autism Series

Veteran journalist Robert MacNeil will return to the "PBS NewsHour" in April for a six-part series of reports on autism, the program said Tuesday.
The series will mark the first time Mr. MacNeil, who stepped down as the program’s co-anchor in 1995, has reported for the "NewsHour" in a decade, although he has continued to do occasional work for PBS in recent years, and excerpts of some of those programs have aired on the newscast.
What drew him back for the autism reports was a personal tie; his 6-year-old grandson Nick has autism, "NewsHour" said in a release, adding that it was the first time in Mr. MacNeil's five decades as a journalist that he has chosen to bring his own family into a story.

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